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Proud Panto

When we heard that Proud Cabaret was branching out into panto we knew it wouldn't be any old pantomime. Hold onto your magic lamps for Voix de Ville's laugh-out-loud burlesque panto with cabaret faves Missy Fatale, Betsy Rose and Banbury Cross along with seasonal star turns from hilarious double act Coco Du Bois and Velma Celli who'll be narrating the show. There'll be tinsel, tassels, the odd tiara and tears of laughter as Proud is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with an ever-changing line-up of stars. Forget about pumpkins and magic slippers too, Proud is pulling out all the stops […]

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Soif

Ed Wilson and Oli Barker’s award-winning Terroirs in Covent Garden and Brawn in Hoxton are getting a brand new sibling with the opening of Soif south of the river on Battersea Rise. The 70-seater space in SW11’s stylish hub will include a bar where you can grab drinks and light snacks and also a small front terrace – perfect when the sun is shining. Famous for their innovative bistro dishes, small plates and rustic charcuterie and cheeses, the boys are set to continue their ethos of cooking well-sourced seasonal ingredients alongside an extensive range of natural and bio-dynamic wines. New […]

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The Rookery

Clapham Common South Side has just got itself a New York style Lower East Side makeover in the shape of The Rookery Bar and Restaurant complete with exposed brick work, cables, ceramic tiles, mismatched wooden furniture and suspended light bulbs. The new venue from Mark Angell and business partner, Ben Burston promises well-sourced, sustainable and seasonal food at reasonable prices courtesy of head chef, Stephen Gadd, formerly of Hibiscus and Pied a Terre. Steve’s admiration for famed cookery writer and former Bibendum chef, Simon Hopkinson is reflected in his cooking and he marries a back-to-basics style with contemporary touches and […]

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’34’ Arrives

In its initial planning stages, residents of Mayfair's exclusive Grosvenor Square voted vehemently against its opening. Their reasons? They feared the project would cause insurmountable noise pollution and that its proximity to the US Embassy would mean a higher risk of terrorism. But when the doors to new restaurant '34' swing open on Thursday of this week, perma-tanned restaurant tycoon Richard Caring – the mogul behind the venture – will be hoping to once and for all lay much of the vitriolic pre-judged criticism to rest. That said, there was always a slight sense this restaurant would survive the early slander. […]

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Hippodrome Casino

Next spring London is getting a Vegas style make-over with the opening of The Hippodrome Casino Leicester Square in the former theatre-cum-dodgy-nightclub. Set over four floors, the 1800 capacity £35 million venture will combine a restaurant and lounge bar, cocktail bar, dedicated live entertainment space and, of course, serious amounts of both traditional and state-of-the-art electronic gaming. Says British entrepreneur and owner Simon Thomas, “First and foremost, we’re not just about gaming. The Hippodrome Casino is about fun, entertainment, great food and drink in amazing surroundings. And if you want to have a flutter on the tables, then we’ve got […]

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Obika

Love cheese? Well prepare to say ‘formaggio’ because coming soon to Canary Wharf’s Wintergarden is the first standalone London restaurant from Italian favourite, Obikà, brainchild of Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Executive VP, Silvio Ursini. Conceived back in 2004 as the world’s first mozzarella bar, Obikà, meaning “here it is” in Italy’s Neapolitan dialect, boasts ten restaurants in Italy plus worldwide franchises in Istanbul, Tokyo, Toronto, LA and New York. All the mozzarellas served come from PDO areas (Protected Designation of Origin), mainly Piana del Sale and Agro Pontino, and are hand cut and produced exclusively using buffalo milk. Said cheeses […]

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Cinnamon Soho

It would be fair to say that Vivek Singh is one of the reasons why London is curry-mad. For it is his much-loved Cinnamon Club – the Westminster haunt as famous for its unusual location (it's situated inside the refurbished Old Westminster Library), as for its boisterous, largely politico clientele – that the Indian chef has reintroduced us all to the wonders of his native cuisine. But vivacious Singh – who celebrated the C Club's tenth anniversary earlier this year in March – is striking again. Set to open a new restaurant and bar in the West End, he hopes […]

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Aurelia

Next week, Mayfair’s Cork Street is getting a sophisticated new tenant by the name of Aurelia. Of impeccable pedigree – The Waney family behind Roka, Zuma, La Petite Maison and Il Baretto – she takes her name from Via Aurelia, the old Roman coastal road to Spain and her menu takes inspiration from Tuscany, Provence and Catalonia alike. Head chef Rosie Yeats has, for the past four years, worked at Roka under executive chef Nic Watt and has also journeyed through Europe in search of inspiration. The menu comprising Mediterranean sharing dishes from different regions is split into sections – […]

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High Tea at The Royal Horseguards Hotel

Head Pastry Chef at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, Whitehall, has a treat in store for us this Christmas. The afternoon 'Festive High' tea is not to be missed, after all, it offers a little more than one's average every-day array of sandwiches and hot drinks. An international flavour comes in the shape of German mini stollen topped with fresh red currants and a French ginger bread macaroon. The Far East is represented via a wonton-wrapped traditional English Christmas pudding. But there are other highlights: mini pear and chocolate yule logs, spiced scones and blood orange & vodka jellies. The Taste of […]

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Reach for the stars at Bunga Bunga

We're already fans of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes' Battersea Bunga Bunga – two storeys of pizza, karaoke and glossy Chelsea lovelies – but the duo are going even further up in the world with the opening of their top floor L'Osservatorio or Observatory Room. The 60 capacity private events space – perfect timing for the Christmas party season – has stunning views across the capital's skyline and guests can also go that extra mile or two by taking advantage of the telescopes positioned at intervals beside the glass windows. But whether you scoping out Orion's Belt or trying to […]

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Cabana

This autumn sees a double Brasilian whammy in the shape of two Cabana restaurants opening in quick succession in Westfield and Covent Garden. Duo behind the new barbecue sensation are Jamie Barber (Hush, Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana) and Rio born David Ponté (Momo, Mocoto). Starters of cheese dough balls Pao de Queijo, Palm Heart Pastels and Chicken Coxinhas take their cue from the traditional churrascarias found on Brasilian street corners from Sao Paolo to Salvador. But the real highlight, of course, is the meat. Cabanistas will circulate the restaurants with colour coded barbecue skewers offering choices such […]

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Fornata

The team behind Mayfair’s popular Babbo Italian restaurant have just launched Fornata, in London’s Kingly Street. The name derives from the Italian word ‘forno’, meaning oven and the restaurant’s exposed kitchens form a focal point amidst a rustic interior inspired by southern Italian lemon groves that transport the diner into sunnier climes. Chef Douglas Santi and his kitchen team oversee both Babbo and Fornata and the menu has an emphasis on oven-cooked dishes from Southern Italy that lend themselves to sharing. In fact, the importance of the oven can be traced back to village life of Roman times, where villagers […]

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